Oct 16 2007

People of the world, spice up your life

Every frugal cook has a well-stocked spice rack, right? Even for busy cooks, it seems to take a long time to empty a spice jar. How can you know when it’s time to toss a bottle and pick up a new one?

Check McCormick’s web site for a chart on shelf life. (I don’t know why the URL is all numbers.) The link also provides tips for checking a spice’s freshness.

Though it’s more convenient to store your spices near your stove, keep them away from heat and moisture, since this can change the spices’ effects.

As you can see by my spice shelf, I have an assortment of things from dollar stores, discount grocers, etc. Spices rarely go on sale, it seems, and when they do, I like to replace whatever I need.

If your spices are bad, you aren’t doing your food any favors.

2 Responses to “People of the world, spice up your life”

  1. I love the little shelf. I do have mine put away in a cabinet to the right of my stove. I just reorganized it today actually, since DH brought home some spices from work. He works in the food industry and he gets tons of samples from suppliers.

  2. Another place to find cheap spices is in the bulk bins. My grocery store has bulk spices, and they’re CHEAP! If your grocery store doesn’t carry bulk spices, check your local health food store. Often they do.

    Another benefit of buying spices in bulk is that you can buy only as much as you need, thus eliminating the half-used 1 year old spice jar. :)

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